Saturday, March 28, 2009

Food Writing 101

I'm lucky that I live in such a great city. Chicago, while occasionally too wet, too cold, and/or too windy, is overall a great place to live. For example, I have access to one of the best libraries in the world: The Newberry.

And I'm also lucky in that The Newberry Library has amazing seminars like the one I took today (and will be taking the second half of next weekend): Food Writing 101.

That's right. To ensure that Your Daily Bourbon and Bacon continues to evolve and bring you the cutting edge reporting on bacon and bourbon that you, the reading public, need, we're trying to improve our writing skills. So for your review, here's a little something that we put together as a writing exercise on cupcakes:

It's almost tragic that a pleasure as simple as the cupcake has become an emblem for the steady homogenization of Chicago's neighborhoods. The faux-hipster DIY crowd has flooded gentrifying neighborhoods with an overabundance of small bakeries, each churning out mass produced and mostly tasteless cupcake sized status symbols with equally ridculous prices.

The chemical leavening, butter flavored shortening, and easy convenience have replaced genuine work in the kitchen. And what we think is sweet nostalgia is simply our palate misidentifying the bitter tast of failure. Failure to be diverse.

Not too bad for about 5 minutes work, huh?

Our hope here at Your Daily Bourbon and Bacon is that we will continue to grow as writers and bring you incisive, well-written, fun, and occasionally snarky (we love the snark here!) posts.

Monday, March 23, 2009

In this time of economic downturn, we're all feeling the pinch. In fact the mouse and I are currently underemployed and have turned to Careerbuilder, Monster, and cruising the CL job ads (yeah, we feel dirty...). But sometimes it's the little things that help us feel better about who and where we are in life.

...little things like a delicious rasher of bacon.

Starting this week we will be seeking out brands of bacon and/or bourbon to review for you. So at the beginning of next week, you will have the new Weekly Bacon Forecast, and, hopefully, midweek there will be a new bacon or bourbon review. I'm leaning toward a review of Nueske's since I always hear such good things about it, but I'm willing to take recommendations from our loyal readers.

In addition, we'll be covering some other topics like our myriad hobbies, as well as bringing in some guest writers. All-in-all, we want to add more than just bacon and bourbon to our little half acre of internet heaven. But don't worry. Bacon and Bourbon will still get top billing here!

Changes to Your Daily Bourbon and Bacon

In an effort to be more proactive with the Daily Bacon Forecast, and to ensure that our loyal readers can plan their bacon consumption in advance, we here at Your Daily Bacon and Bourbon (and by we, I mean myself and the mouse in my pocket), are moving to a weekly forecast. This way you'll know well in advance what bacon plans on doing, and you can act accordingly. So without further ado, here is the first of the new weekly Bacon Forecasts!

Monday: Today Bacon Is Going To Boycott Tofu!
Tuesday: Today Bacon Is Going To Liven Up A Salad!
Wednesday: Today Bacon Is Going To Beckon!
Thursday: Today Bacon Is Going To Shrivel!
Friday: Today Bacon Is Going To Boycott Tofu!
Saturday: Today Bacon Is Going To Boycott Tofu!
Sunday: Today Bacon Is Going To Hang Out With Hash Browns!

So obviously Tofu has really pissed Bacon off! Expect some weak-sauce retaliation from Tofu, but in the end Bacon will triumph and Tofu will slink off with it's tail between it's legs...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I Watched The Watchmen...

Watchmen Smiley

Amazing. Lush. A true visual treat. More to come...

The Daily Bacon Forecast:

Today Bacon is going to Sizzle!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Daily Bacon Forecast:

Today Bacon is going to Tempt A Vegan!

Remember: What happens with Bacon, stays with Bacon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Daily Bacon Forecast:

Today Bacon is going to Liven Up A Salad!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Your Daily Bacon Forecast:

Today Bacon is going to Taste Really Good.

Yes. It. Is.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Daily Bacon Forecast:

Today Bacon is going to Smoke!

Time to turn down the heat!